Former Chelsea favourite Oscar landed himself in a whole heap of trouble after becoming the catalyst for a mass brawl between two teams in the Chinese Super League.
The 25-year-old left Stamford Bridge for Shanghai SIPG in a £60m deal last January and has so far underwhelmed in the Far East with just two goals in nine appearances for his new Chinese employers.
Things had been looking on the up for the Brazilian during Shanghai SIPG’s Chinese Super League encounter with Guangzhou R&F though, with Oscar supplying an assist for Hulk to score and make the game 1-1.
It did not last, with the midfielder instigating a mass fight. It all started when Oscar began aggressively blasting the ball at two Guangzhou players, evidently frustrated at some of the tackles that had been flying in.
Unfortunately, his actions only increased tensions between the two teams, not least because it appeared one of Oscar’s blasts was aimed directly at an opponent’s nether regions.
In any case, several Guangzhou players soon rushed in to confront Oscar over his actions. That eventually prompted Oscar to fall to the ground – in suspect circumstances – before the real brawling began.
Almost all 22 players were involved in some capacity but despite the massive scale of the scuffle, just five cards were brandished with Guangzhou’s Li Tixiang and Shanghai’s Fu Huan both given straight red cards.
Oscar, unbelievably, escaped without any booking whatsoever though the result does little to help Shanghai’s title bid with the club now four points behind leaders Guangzhou Evergrande.
The former Blues star played 203 games for Chelsea, scoring 38 goals and winning two Premier League titles, the League Cup and the Europa League.
He has yet to taste silverware in China, with his move to the Far East also prompting an exodus from the Brazil national side, with Oscar absent from the Selecao since 2015.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.